Bringing games to mobile phones has come with challenges. Touchscreens don't handle some genres as well as traditional controllers. Interface elements need to be large enough for fingertips. Some titles, frankly, feel shoehorned to fit on phones.
The Lifeline series of games are an exception. I don't mean these are three titles that are remarkably well adapted for small touch controls. This series offers an experience that only feels natural on a phone, and today you can get all three entries for 10 cents apiece. Read More
Google finally made podcasts official in Play Music last week, but not everyone is seeing the option even after updating to the newest app version. You might be able to give Play Music a kick in the butt by refreshing your account. It is an option in the app's settings—refreshing, not butt kicking. Read More
Most of the top Android phones (and even some mid-range ones) are shipping with fingerprint readers these days. App developers are starting to take notice and add support to apps, and today an important one for many people has been updated. Chase Mobile, which has tens of millions of downloads, now supports fingerprint logins. Bank of America just did the same a few days ago. Read More
A product of HTC's research division, One Gallery allows users to upload photos and videos to a variety of cloud services through the HTC Gallery app. However, according to changelogs for both apps, the One Gallery service will be discontinued on April 30.
No reason has been given for the discontinuation, but it might be down to the number of installs it's had, somewhere in the 1 million to 5 million bracket. This doesn't sound too bad, but then you look at HTC Gallery and its 10 million to 50 million installation bracket and it starts to pale in comparison. With this in mind, it's likely HTC didn't see the worth in continuing the service, which is a shame as it has an average rating of 4.2 in the Play Store and seemed well-liked by its users. Read More
Microsoft's SmartGlass app is a smartphone-based manager for the Xbox One, and it gets some surprisingly frequent love from the developers for a product intended for a direct Google competitor. The latest beta version is a significant bump, 2.4 to 3.16, though the changes aren't immediately obvious beyond a few cosmetic adjustments. The new user interface moves quite a few elements around, and if it isn't completely "material" then at least Microsoft is trying to make it look like an Android app instead of a tiny Xbox window. Read More
Welcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got a stylish action-platformer, another retro revival from DotEmu, an original music game, a puzzle sequel, a beautiful point-and-click adventure, a twitchy shooter, and a retro roguelike. Without further ado: Read More
The default dialer app that comes with the latest Android N Developer Preview has a small but significant change.
When you fire up the Google Phone app, an indicator now appears alongside the middle tab showing how many calls you've missed. Read More